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LogLikelihood

  

compute log likelihood function of a random variable and data set

 

Calling Sequence

Parameters

Description

Options

Examples

Calling Sequence

LogLikelihood(R, V, options)

Parameters

R

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algebraic; a random variable or distribution

V

-

rtable; data sample

options

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(optional) equation(s) of the form option=value where option is one of samplesize, ignore, normalize, or weights; specify options for the LogLikelihood function

Description

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The LogLikelihood function computes the log likelihood function of a random variable R evaluated on a dataset V.

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The first parameter R can be a distribution (see Statistics[Distribution]), a random variable, or an algebraic expression involving random variables (see Statistics[RandomVariable]).

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The second parameter V can be an Array of data samples or a symbol representing an Array of data samples (in which case the option samplesize must be specified).

Options

  

The options argument can contain one or more of the options shown below.

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samplesize=deduce or posint -- If this option is set to 'deduce' (default) the log likelihood function attempts to automatically determine the number of data samples provided in V.  This parameter must be specified if the number of samples in V is not immediately detectable.

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ignore=truefalse -- This option is used to specify how to handle non-numeric data. If ignore is set to true all non-numeric items in data will be ignored.

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normalize=truefalse -- This option selects whether terms that do not depend on the value of the parameters can be omitted. The default is normalize = true, meaning that such terms can be omitted; selecting normalize = false means they are included.

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weights=rtable -- Vector of weights (one-dimensional rtable). If weights are given, the LogLikelihood function will scale each data point to have given weight. Note that the weights provided must have type realcons and the results are floating-point, even if the problem is specified with exact values. Both the data array and the weights array must have the same number of elements.

Examples

withStatistics:

Calculate the general log likelihood function from the ChiSquare distribution.

LogLikelihoodChiSquareν,A,samplesize=4

lnA112ν1Γ12ν+lnA212ν1Γ12ν+lnA312ν1Γ12ν+lnA412ν1Γ12ν2ln2ν

(1)

Sample a random variable with Normal distribution.

NRandomVariableNormal5,1:

SSampleN,4:

Attempt to compute the log likelihood function of this sample.

LogLikelihoodNormalμ,1,S

19.3132942923314μ2μ2

(2)

If we want to get a measure of the likelihood of some fully specified normal distributions for a given sample, we need to include the normalize=false. Otherwise, since there are no parameters in the distribution, all terms are omitted and we always get the answer 0.

LogLikelihoodNormal5.0,1.0,S,LogLikelihoodNormal4.8,1.2,S

0,0

(3)

LogLikelihoodNormal5.0,1.0,S,'normalize=false',LogLikelihoodNormal4.8,1.2,S,'normalize=false'

4.34391155881307,4.82921832924692

(4)

Insert missing data into the array and recompute.

S4undefined:

LogLikelihoodNormalμ,1,S

HFloatundefinedμ2μ2

(5)

LogLikelihoodNormalμ,1,S,ignore=true

14.8043451912649μ32μ2

(6)

Consider a weighted structure.

SSampleN,4:

W2,2,0,0:

LogLikelihoodNormalμ,1,S,weights=W

23.4067863122709μ2μ2

(7)

See Also

Statistics

Statistics[Computation]

 


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